The Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons | 2 Aug 2016
MA Adelani, NA Mall, RH Brophy, ME Halstead, MV Smith and RW Wright
The use of MRI is increasing when evaluating patients with knee pain because it is highly sensitive for detecting intra-articular pathology. However, such changes can be associated with degenerative joint disease, which may be demonstrated with weight-bearing radiographs. The purpose of this study was to determine how often MRI was obtained before orthopaedic referral in patients aged ≥40 years with knee pain, how often weight-bearing radiographs were obtained before MRI, and whether such imaging influenced treatment recommendations.
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